Eamon Gilmore in the Dail this morning:
“We have a flu epidemic we have people lying on hospitals in trolleys and the Minister for Health has taken to the hills.
“We have flights being cancelled in Aer Lingus and the Minister for Transport has resigned.
“We have problems for crime in many parts of the country and the two Ministers responsible for Justice and Defence are gone.
“We have had serious commentary on this country by both President Sarkozy and by the President of the European Commission and the Minister for Foreign Affairs has gone.”